zxBane
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#1
Just moved into a apartment, so have to give the electric guitar a break because of noise issues, and not to mention looking to get into acoustic more. So I just bought an acoustic and I am looking to learn some nice sounding mellow, fun to toy with progressions. If anyone could suggest some nice progressions and list them with the fingerings and names I would really appreciate it.. Thanks in advance! Btw, Standard Tuning preferably.
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E V H 5150
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#2
Mess around with E,G,CD. Use them in any way, I find I can get a nice progression out of them by throwing them around however.

From thickest to thinnest string:

E: 022100

G: 320033

C: X32010 (X means don't play!)

D: XX0232

EDIT: Or get rid of the E completely, and mess around with C,G,D somehow. Rearrange them in a bunch of different ways. I know a lot of songs that use those three chords somehow. Also, instead of C, you could use Cadd9.

Cadd9: X32033

A lot of songs use this chord along with a D and G somehow. It's like a universal rock progression. Sweet CHild O' Mine uses D,C,G, and there's a whole bunch of classic rock songs that uses these chords in some form.

EDIT2: These chords will work in any type of standard tuning, like 1/2 step down, or whatever, as long as the distance between open notes is the same.
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bewley
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#3
Gm F Eb D C are what im toying with at the moment
zxBane
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#4
Anything using a capo, or anything other than the basic chords?
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ginjaninja
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Am: 002210
C : X32010
Em: 022000
^^these are easy to chagne between^^
G : 320001
D : 000232
zxBane
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Something other than the basic C-G open chords?
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Miggy01
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#8
Dude open up you guitar. Mess around in alternate tunings. DADGAD, open c (CGCGCE). Come up with stuff in these.
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Chad48309
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Currently my favorite island-sounding chord progression is:
Cmaj7/G: 332000
Em: 022000
Am: 002210
F: 133211
G: 320003
(repeat)
It sounds nice with a capo on the third fret.
zxBane
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Nice, I really like it chad, with the capo especially. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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skatooter
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#11
capo 4th fret. verse G, Am, Bm, Em, Cm, D, G
chorus G Bm Em Am D7
thats one of my songs, nice to mess around with too
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redstrat22
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#12
A very catchy one is Ole Black and Blue Eyes by The Fratellis. The chord progression is very simple, but pretty catchy...

C, Em, Am, Em, F, C, F, D, G

Listen to the song for the rhythm, or just mess around with those chords and make your own song.

Hope it helped!
Kilo11
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#13
Em, C, G, D - that progression is actually the song Disarm by Smashing Pumpkins

you could also just mess around with just the D chord and Dsus2 and Dsus4 and just throw combinations of lifting off one finger then another or whatever.

a song i wrote (some of the chords i dont know the name but still sound good with the progression so i'll tab them out)

C
x33010
x33210
x33200
F
Bm
G (355433)
E

another thing you cold do is (again dont know the names of the chords) but you can play C or Am and add your pinky to either the 3rd fret on the 1st or 2nd string
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In the event that you know what clawhammer style is, play it like that, only strum on top of the fingerboard. It gives it a cool plinky sound.
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#15
Pretty much anything with a capo on the second fret sounds sweet, it makes chords sound so much more full.
But 7 based chord progressions like C, A7, D7, G7 are pretty funky where ever you put your capo

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#16
man if i were you i would crank the volume, gain, mids, treble, hell everything to 10 (or 11 if ur spinal tap), and blow the apartment away

but anyway i you can get a really cool spanish riff by going back between these

E 022100
Am X02210

as fast as you can and throwing a G (320003) in there.

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Cadd9- 032033
G- 320033
Dsus4- 000233
Em- 022033
Not too sure those are the correct chord names as I'm a newbie at guitar. But I play those a lot in many different orders. Adding a capo on the 1st or 2nd fret sounds nice too. Some examples of songs that utilize these chords are Whoever She Is by The Maine and I Swear This Time I Mean It by Mayday Parade. I hope this helped!
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#20
G#m,Bmaj,F#maj,Emaj

Try with all of the root notes on the low E string with occasional open high e and b strings, beautiful progression.